Oh my goodness, as Tara used to say! There was so much special about Sarah's Oly gold which we've mentioned, speed, technical difficulty, sheer freedom/joy, good spirals, best layback (as good as Sasha's) musicality. She was 16 and on fire! Hughes girls love to compete! Since I can remember the only Oly gold that was not very memorable is Shizuka's. She won as others made so many mistakes. Her clean, lovely performance was not exciting. I guess "cool beauty" is her name for a reason. Beautiful but I barely remember it. It was nice but the weakest one I remember in terms of gold.
I remember not understanding the scoring, but as for memorable Oly skates, I thought Manley was awesome, and bought Sumners over Witt. And I couldn't get how Petrenko beat Paul Wylie with that awesome LP. I thought Orser beat Boitano. My point is its so subjective but if a skate pops out after years of watching hundreds of performances, well, then, there's usually a lot to recommend it.
I'm a Shizuka fan but Snooze button!
As for Vancouver, I thought we had 4 memorable ladies LPs. I think I'll recall Mao most for her incredible jumps. I'll remember the sheer guts and beauty of Rochettes SP and crying with the world as she ached. Not since Katia Gordeeva has a skate touched me so deeply. I'll remember how great Nagasu skated and how freely joyous it was to watch. She skated with seemingly "no pressure." I'm sure she knew the podium was decided before she skated. When she leads, she so far cannot skate with fire and confidence, but I will think of that Oly skate she gave us for as long as she is on the scene. Remarkable given she had to skate after Rochette's flawed but moving LP.
Kim was all that but she was going to win unless she made big errors. It was lovely but not intense or emotional. That partly was of course her music, the easy footwork, the whole look they give her. And she was so heavily favored it seemed to me a coronation more than a competition. She seemed very free of fear/nerves. Full of confidence she'd score high as that's how it is for her these last couple years. I'm a fan, but I have yet to see her skate with the tension one needs to generate excitement. Funny she loves Michelle who truly attacks and has great tension in her skating. Everything looks so easy for Kim, although it of course is not. Her Gershwin looks deceptively easy. Her LP reminded me of Kulik's LP at Nagano. I know she loves his skating, still.
But I can imagine the way Koreans experienced every little step! I'll bet there were so many millions on the edge of their seats skating that program like Orser did from the boards. He looked quite wired!
Sarah was exciting as no one expected her to be that good and fight that hard while looking so joyous. But that was just my 'experience' watching. I expected Slutskaya to be really great. She was the favorite and her LP for me was disappointing. I really hoped the BIG story might be Sasha. Our true ballerina but not the best competitor, sadly.
I wonder what everyone's most memorable Olympic SP or LP was for "all time." And why?